National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu yesterday rose in defence of President Muhammadu Buhari over allegations of dictatorship by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The former Lagos governor also denied reports that he had been locked up in a fierce struggle with the former APC National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, over who becomes the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after a meeting with the President, Tinubu dismissed the allegation of power struggle among his party men, saying that their preoccupation at the moment was to help the President to move the country forward.
“Don’t listen to rumours, there is no struggle. Our party is not even looking at the direction of power struggle or anything of such.
“The emphasis now is to encourage and support the President as you have heard from Chief Bisi Akande, to help him institutionalise his goal, principle and vision for a new Nigeria.
On the criticisms of delay in the appointment of ministers, the Asiwaju of Lagos noted that rushing would bring pitfalls, while slowness could bring glory and recovery.
He continued: “There is pitfall in rushing, quick fix, depending upon the depth of the rot. And that rush can cascade into mistakes of unimaginable magnitude. There is equally glory and recovery in slowness, when you have a slow fix of a bad foundation.
“So to me, I would rather take the one that will last the country and endeavour for a longer period of time than the rush hour shopping”
Tinibu would also not have the accusation of dictatorship levelled against Buhari by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as according to him, the President had upheld the principle of rule of law in the governance of the country.
He said if the opposition doesn’t have anything to say, it should honourably keep quiet. “I disagree with that,” he said.
Tinubu added: “He was elected on a platform of democracy, he has adhered to rule of law so far. What is dictatorship about what he has done?
“He has helped to stimulate the economy in the various states and that is where the people are. So what is dictatorship?
“And the institutional paralysis had occurred in the country. It is very important for a steady man like the President to really help the nation recover from the paralysis and that is what he is doing, so I don’t see what is dictatorial about that.
“If they don’t have anything to say, they rather be quiet. They created what is wrong here today and we can’t sweep that under the carpet. There must be rule of law.”
Akande , who spoke earlier before Tinubu said their meeting with Buhari was centered on how to clear the rot left by successive governments since 1999.
He said: “Since Obasanjo’s first term, and I understand that President Buhari inherited piles of rot in the Villa and I say let me see him, talk to him and report to my party with a view to knowing how to encourage him to change the rot to good.”


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